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About the Author

James P. "Jim" Starlin is an American comic book writer and artist. With a career dating back to the early 1970s, he is best known for "cosmic" tales and space opera; for revamping the Marvel Comics characters Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock; and for creating or co-creating the Marvel characters Thanos, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora and Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu.
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  • Series: Thanos
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785184708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785184706
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Daneel Olivaw on August 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to believe that 40 years have passed since Jim Starlin first electrified the Marvel universe with the cosmic doings of Captain Marvel, Warlock and Thanos. For those fans who very much enjoyed those classic stories, it is a treat to see Starlin back as both the writer and penciler of this new chapter in Thanos' quest for...what? Power? Enlightenment? The answer to the riddle of his unique role in the universe?

Starlin is still exploring the meaning of existence and his artwork has lost none of its pleasures. "Thanos The Infinity Revelation" is a very enjoyable reading experience for anyone who has followed "The Mad Titan" on his convoluted adventures. And, to add to the enjoyment of longtime fans, this story includes appearances by Adam Warlock, the Silver Surfer, Drax the Destroyer (and two of his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy), Beta Ray Bill, Ronan the Accuser and other mainstays of Marvel's cosmic pantheon.

Like many of Starlin's epics, including some he wrote but did not draw, this is the story of a quest: Thanos senses an imbalance in the universe and is driven to track it down so he can understand it and, if necessary, take any required action. And like the mysteries of the universe, this one turns out to be more complicated and unfathomable than a puzzle solver might wish. The promotional materials for this book suggest that it will change everything in the Marvel universe, but those changes will have to be explored in future stories; the full effects of the Infinity Revelation have yet to unfold.

That's about all I can tell you without spoilers, except that longtime Starlin fans should get a big kick out of this book and it marks his return to the creative well that served him so ably when he wrote and drew the Marvel story arcs that made him famous. And the more versed you are with those previous stories, the more you should appreciate this latest chapter.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David Brown on August 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Without much ado, let me just say I am a huge Jim Starlin fan. Especially his Cosmic Marvel stuff. I'm old enough that I have originals of his Captain Marvel and Warlock epics.

First off: Prior reading necessity. If you have not already, you'd probably want the Thanos vs. The Avengers trade, The Infinity saga (Gauntlet, War, and maybe the very lackluster Crusade) Warlock and the Infinity Watch, and another maybe, the mediocre Marvel Universe The End.

Suprisingly, (or not) having read the recent Marvel Infinity saga isn't necessary. Starlin, I have noticed, tends to ignore the use of Thanos when handled by other creators. Actually this is for the best here. Infinity as well as the so-called Thanos Rising origin story gave us some pretty idiotic lapses in continuity and logic. No mention is made here of any of that.

Without giving away too much -- although there aren't really any "spoilers" per se -- I will give the good and the bad of this book.

The Good: Starlin is firing on all cylinders with the artwork. While totally out of sync with today's grittier artists like Lenil Yu or Simone Bianchi, he does not make any attempt to "modernize". In fact, he allows himself to indulge in some outright psychedelic type art that would have fit in perfectly in the 70s.

Thanos is written almost perfectly as, not so much bad guy, (at least not in the beginning) but kind of where he was in the Infinity War series, as more of an independent adventurer and seeker of knowledge.

Adam Warlock is back for the ride. At this point these two are kind of like a cosmic Laurel and Hardy, or Oscar and Felix.

The Not So Good: What the heck is going on?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By OneVsWorld on September 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
In a lot of ways this is a love letter to long time Thanos and Warlock fans. It's a brilliant story but very "meta" and as a consequence of that will many fans scratching their heads as to what the whole point was. Unless you're intimately familiar with the history of Thanos, Warlock, AND Starlin's well documented disputes with Marvel a lot of the meaning of this story will be lost in the ether. I've read a lot of reviews here where people just didn't "get it" so I'd like to try and explain it.

The whole story is very "meta" so keep that in mind when reading

- When we first see Thanos in that catatonic state , i believe that was Starlin's way of saying the "real" Thanos (His version) had been dormant and comatose metaphorically since his creator (Starlin) had last been with him. In essence he had not been himself and was in a sense inactive or not there. I believe is was just symbolic of everything that had happened with the character in recent years and Starlin's documented problem with Marvel. Starlin has retconned other writers work on Thanos before and revealed them as clones but thats another story. With Thanos surging in popularity in recent years , Starlin doesn't have the luxury of establishing control again. This story feels a lot like a goodbye as well as Starlin leaving himself a backdoor to undo any damage done to Warlock and Thanos at a later date if need be. I'll get to that later...

- The Living Tribunal refers to a power greater than himself. To my knowledge this has never happened before as he has always been at the top of the cosmic tree. I believe the power he is referring to is Marvel itself (editorial and writers) in the real world outside comics.
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